Temple Jeremiah


Jeremiah Gems- Lia Goldfarb

My mom often tells the story of when we first joined our family synagogue, when I was in second grade. We would go to Shabbat services on Saturday morning and I never actually stepped foot in the service. Instead, I ran around the lobby playing with my friends my age and supervising the toddlers (babysitting rules were a bit more lenient in the ‘90s!).

My parents never forced me to go into the service. They just wanted me to have fun in the synagogue, to have a positive association with the place. As legend goes, as I got older I would pop my head in for more and more of the service, until finally I was able to sit through the whole thing. Going to synagogue on Shabbat gave me a feeling of fun, friendship, and community.

Going to synagogue as a family, combined with family Shabbat dinners and attending Jewish school, solidified my involvement in the Jewish community from a very early age.

Now, here I am, mother of Serena, my three-month-old daughter. My husband and I have been immersing her into Judaism since her first week of life. Serena has attended Shabbat services, been to Jewish music classes (shoutout to Bim Bam Baby at Temple Jeremiah!), and attended many Shabbat meals.

One Shabbat dinner, the first time we had our whole family together, was particularly memorable. After we lit candles, we joined together as a family for the blessing of the children. My parents blessed my brother and me, and Adam and I blessed Serena. L’dor va’dor – from generation to generation.

Where am I? I’m in two loving Jewish families: the one I was born into and the one I am creating.

Dina Bauwens

About Dina Bauwens

Dina moved to Highland Park from San Francisco with her husband Randy in 2017. She is very excited to join the Temple Jeremiah family! Dina received a double Bachelors in Communication and Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara. She went on to hold a number of professional and volunteer positions in the Jewish and general non-profit community, including the Director of the Women’s Division of the SF Jewish Federation, Development Manager at the Oshman Family JCC, and Program Manager of the Hillel of Orange Counties. She was a Wexner Fellow finalist, a participant in the Professional Leaders Project (PLP), a board member of the Junior League of San Francisco, and staffed Birthright. She is now pursuing her Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute. When Dina and Randy aren’t working (he’s the Assistant General Manager at Exmoor Country Club) they love cooking and eating out, traveling, and going to baseball games. She is enjoying bringing her passion and experience to the Jeremiah community.
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